Dollingstown returned to the Dub just 2 weeks after their extra time defeat in the Irish Cup and should have been ahead in the first 5 minutes. Richard Thompson played in Andy McMath who rounded Queen’s keeper Declan Brown but then shot into the side netting. Queen’s gradually came more into the game and began exerting pressure on the visitors defence. With 20 minutes gone Matt Hughes’s shot was tipped on to the bar by Steven Croft, the ball went out to Chris Middleton on the right and his cross was headed in by Ryan McCready. Ten minutes later Queen’s scored a second in a breakaway. Quick passing led to McCready nodding the ball on for Lorcan McIlroy who struck it powerfully past Croft. Declan Brown made a great save from Thompson to preserve the lead just before the break.
Queen’s were dominant in the second half and got a third goal when McCready tapped it in from close range with 55 minutes gone. Croft made a great save, palming away a well struck shot from Chris Middleton and Brown saved well at his near post. On 81 minutes Thompson’s shot was palmed out by Brown and Dollingstown sub Nathan Lavery was on hand to score at the second attempt. Philip Trainor came on for his first appearance since injuring his ankle in preseason and was unlucky to see his header rebound of the post and into the grateful arms of keeper Croft as Queen’s easily saw out the final minutes.
This was an impressive performance with much good football to admire.
Next game is at home to Amateur League side Groomsport in the first round of the Intermediate Cup on Sat 20th Oct KO 1:30